Interesting stuff in the Mail. Well not interesting in any real sense, diverting perhaps. Anyway, football managers polled as to who they’d like to have dinner with:
Harry Redknapp – Muhammad Ali, Vincent O’Brien, Bobby Moore
Paul Ince – Wife, John F Kennedy, Tiger Woods
Paul Lambert – Elvis Presley, George Bush, George Best
Roberto Di Matteo – Julius Caesar, Claudia Schiffer, Robert De Niro
Sam Allardyce – Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Sir Alex Ferguson
Sven Goran Eriksson – Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul, Barack Obama
Chris Coleman – John F Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix
Tony Adams – Jesus, Sir Alf Ramsey, Scarlett Johansson
Simon Grayson – Geoffrey Boycott, Bono, Don Revie
Roberto Mancini – Paolo Mantovani, The Pope, Sheikh Mansour
Rafa Benitez – Julius Caesar, Al Pacino, Napoleon
David Moyes – Mother, Tommy Burns, Kylie Minogue
Gustavo Poyet – Fernando Morena, Michael Jordan, Wife
Neil Warnock – Queen, Barbara Streisand, Brian Clough
Steve McClaren – Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Sir Alex Ferguson
Alex McLeish – Robert Di Niro, John Lennon, Muhammad Ali
Alan Pardew – Muhammad Ali, Barrack Obama, Spike Milligan
Peter Reid – Elvis Presley, Jesus Christ, Angelina Jolie
Chris Hughton – Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Bill Shankly
Gianfranco Zola – Father, wife, Diego Maradona
Shame no Roy, Jol or SAF.
Let’s all play.
First, whose table would you sit on?
Top table: Pardew (the Ali/Milligan combo would be hilarious if you could persuade Spoke to play ball)
Nip over to say hello: Tony Adams (what a mix he has!)
Avoid at all costs: Ince I think.
My own table would have to be Hade, Stanley and one other in real life (I’m really not good with strangers) but if we’re to suspend reality for a moment I’d go for Jerry Garcia, Roberto Bolano and Dixie Dean. I think Bolano and Garcia would get on well and Dixie Dean would be good to have around as a historical curiosity (I say this knowing little about the man).
PS I only opened this story because I thought it said Mohamed Al Fayed, not Mohammad Ali.